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Of Hurt and Healing

Hurt and Healing The thing about pain is that it is common.   While it is varied in its origin, and covers the spectrum of intensity and type, it is there in us all.   Since it is such a big topic I will draw it into a smaller conversation.   I will simply deal with trauma rather than many versions of hurt feelings and broken dreams, here is why. To address this most intense version will allow the remedy to apply to the other forms of hurt, building from the small to the large takes a very long path... So here we go. Why healing hurts. If it wasn’t so painful we would work at it sooner… We ignore it, numb ourselves to its effects, and avoid it at every turn. Mostly, healing hurts because we lie about the process and when it surprises us we recoil away and refuse to confront it again. The book “Grunt, ” here was a change in medicine as regards the treatment of the soldiers that had stepped on a landmine in the most recent wars. When they began treating these

Laminated Grace

The Laminated book It is like so many things, hardly noticed and seldom acknowledged as different, the issues that come and go.   The lessons of pain and forgiveness that are confronted as with a child, a friend and a toy or candy. The lessons drawn about getting caught, asking for and giving forgiveness for slights and pains, deserved or not. The schooling of behaviors that restore a friendship and you move forward.   The teachers and parents and friends that involve themselves, and those that don’t, and when. And then it happens differently; the false accusation and the fake apology. Or the forced through the clenched teeth to please the parent, but not the soul.   We have all done them, some more often and some don’t learn to do otherwise, and some learn quickly that it is of no value to hold on any more. We have all heard about the maxims of old about forgiveness and the unburdened soul. Or the lack of forgiveness and the bondage that stays with you.   The


Acedia, Would I put that on my fridge. Seldom heard of, this is actually one of the 7 Deadly Sins.   The irony of this is that of it’s actual meaning and the level of importance that we ascribe to it, is a reflection of its actual existence in us.   Acedia is the term first brought about by a monk in 1670.   It is often heard by the current name of Sloth.   The trouble is that the current version of that term is not the one used in times of old.   Current use of the term sloth would be like the animal that bears its name, that is that it is the slovenly and unmotivated person.   In the list of the 7 Deadly Sins they all seem to count as behaviors.   Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.   Lust and pride, of course are internal and their fulfillment is found in the actions they produce, but that can also be said of them all.   But to read them you simply gloss over the word sloth and perhaps think “indolent” or unfocused on their task.   You would b